One of Wall Street's quietest days in months ended mixed after investors spent the day waiting to see if Slovakia would block an expansion of Europe's financial rescue program. Shortly after U.S. stock markets closed, Slovakia said it would not approve a bill to strengthen a European rescue fund. Aluminum maker Alcoa Inc. fell in after-hours trading after reporting earnings that fell short of analysts' estimates.
The Dow Jones industrial average fell 16.88 points, or 0.1 percent, to close at 11,416.30.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 0.65 point, or 0.1 percent, to 1,195.54.
The Nasdaq composite rose 16.98, or 0.7 percent, to 2,583.03
For the week to date:
The Dow is up 313.18, or 2.8 percent.
The S&P 500 is up 40.08, or 3.5 percent
The Nasdaq composite is up 103.68, or 4.2 percent.
For the year to date:
The Dow is down 161.21 points, or 1.4 percent.
The S&P 500 is down 62.10, or 4.9 percent.
The Nasdaq is down 69.84, or 2.6 percent.